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Did you all have your picture perfect holiday celebrations last Year? Your decorating challenged every picture perfect plan in all the magazines, every bit of your food was delicious enough to be served at the White House, all of your family members any weight so you were all able to eat as much of everything as you wanted. You were the perfect hostess and your guests were the perfect guests.

My guess would be, probably not. Am I just cynical, or could I have had the
opportunity to peek into your living rooms and kitchens?

Neither of the above, I’ve just lived long enough to know that the picture perfect
holiday doesn’t exist.

Just in my own sphere of friends I have the following:

A sister with a lump that they are sure is cancer — surgery scheduled for December

10th.

A wife with brain cancer was given 2 years to live.

A father who died very unexpectedly 2 days before Thanksgiving — he had cancer
but was told he still had a couple of weeks. They had planned to say their “good—
byes” at Thanksgiving.

Children who have made decisions that left everyone hurting and in turmoil

Families without jobs or income, savings is quickly disappearing

Family members living too far apart to get together

All this is happening in just in my little corner of the world.

So how is it that we all imagine everyone else having a perfectly marvelous holiday
and it is only us in one of the above situations?

This is where the myth of the perfect holiday comes into play. That is the answer —
the perfect holiday is a myth — it doesn’t exist.

I feel a bit like Scrooge — telling you there is no Easter bunny and no Santa Claus,
but… how many holidays have you allowed to be ruined because they were not your
idea of perfect?

We all have an idea of what is perfect. For one it might be just the right people
involved, for some picture perfect food, and for some the right gift or just the right
“feelings”.

Holidays have a way of making us want fairy tale happenings come to life.

So what do you do if you find yourself caught in one of the above scenarios or
something similar?

First of all, thank the Lord. That’s right, be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you.”

The Lord knows it is a holiday and he knows your situation, and He still wants you
to give thanks.

Second, rejoice — always means just that — always

Philippians l 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.”

Third, memorize Scriptures that will help you in your situation.

Forth, humble yourself and ask the Lord to give you the needed grace for whatever
situation you are in.

James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Last, watch for the victory you will have in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.”

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It seems like everyone in our home is currently waiting for something.  I don’t think anyone enjoys waiting, especially when they think what they are waiting for is overdue – perhaps even long overdue.

I’m reading Luke right now and when I came to the very familiar story about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead I was reading rather quickly, thinking I knew quite a bit about the story. But then verse 6 caught my eye.”Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”

My question was, He stayed two more days because He loved them? Wouldn’t the loving thing have been to rush to their side?

Perhaps that sounds logical from a human perspective, but what about from God’s perspective.

Everything we do is to give glory to God, right?

In their devotional for November 11th in Experiencing God, Henry and Richard Blackaby talk about God’s faithfulness.

“He is absolutely faithful to every word He speaks to His children.” “It is His nature to be faithful.”

Then they go on to say, “Allow time for God to reveal His faithfulness to you.”

Why time? Wouldn’t God have been glorified if He had healed Lazarus? Of course He would.

But…God was glorified even more by raising Lazarus from the dead! He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus so much that He wanted them to experience even more of God.

Could this be why we are waiting? Why you are waiting?

Blackaby closes his devotional with “Someday you will reflect on what God has done and praise Him for His absolute faithfulness to you.”

Why not start now?

“Now a certain [man] was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was [that] Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard [that], He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” [John 11:1-6 NKJV]

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